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Woman sentenced to serve jail time in cocaine possession case

LOCKPORT – A Lockport woman who avoided prison time in a plea deal was unable to bargain for a better deal when she appeared in Niagara County Court on Wednesday.

Dawn L. Johnson, 60, of Waterman Street was sentenced to nine months in Niagara County Jail by County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. Her attorney Anthony J. Lana had lobbied, unsuccessfully, on her behalf to attempt to reduce the sentence to probation.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the reduced charge on May 22 for having cocaine, Xanax and Soma in her car when she was stopped on Jan. 6, 2013. She had pleaded guilty last year to felony attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, with a maximum 18 month sentence.

However she changed to a new lawyer, Lana, who worked out a deal to further reduce the charge to seventh-degree criminal possession of controlled substance, which is a misdemeanor.